Great Plains Business Center
The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic. We want to take this opportunity to share our plan to protect you as our customer, our financial professionals, and employees.
Our office has implemented a work from home policy for the immediate future. We are checking our voicemail frequently throughout the business day so you can be assured a prompt response to any questions you have. Thank you and take care of yourselves and others.
For more information, check out information on managing the uncertainty.
The Great Plains Business Center is a group of local offices representing Principal® in Nebraska. We are dedicated to helping individuals, businesses and their employees achieve financial security and success in our communities. We proudly represent Principal with integrity and professionalism.
Working with us
If you’re interested in working with us as a financial professional, we’ll provide you a professional and supportive environment that helps you build your knowledge and skills. Learn more about what it’s like to work with us and meet our management team.
See our office locations & financial professionals
If you’re looking for a financial services product, we can help you find a local financial professional at Principal® to discuss your financial needs, as well as purchase life insurance, annuities, securities and investments.
See a list of financial professionals in Nebraska to contact one directly.
Our Alliances and Associations
- Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA)
- Lincoln Chamber of Commerce
- Omaha Chamber of Commerce
- Women In Financial Services (WIFS) - Lincoln/Omaha Chapter
- United Way of Nebraska
- NAIFA - Nebraska
- Heartland Women's Network
- GAMA - General Agents and Managers Association
- Cedars Home for Children
- Lydia House Women & Family Center
- FoodBank for the Heartland
- People's City Mission
Do you want to make a difference and help others solve problems? We do too. That's why we want to talk to you about your future with Principal. Whether you’re just getting started or ready to move your business in a new direction, we’ve got your back.
An inclusive culture and tools to build your career
The one thing we have in common is that each of us is different. That’s why we seek diversity in the people we hire. Our inclusion extends to the way we do business with a flexible work culture. That may mean you want to focus on a specific market, be a solo practitioner or join a team. No matter what you choose, we’re here to give you the right tools to build your confidence and help you succeed.
Meet the management team
Now that you know a little about our business center, we’d like to tell you about the amazing folks you’ll be working with.
Gary Karthauser CLU®, ChFC®, CLF® - Regional Managing Director
Gary is passionate about collaborating with his team of financial professional who specialize in helping business owners and individuals achieve their financial goals. As a graduate of Doane College, Gary joined Principal in 1981, was named Rookie of the Year in 1982, and entered full-time management in 1987.
Gary enjoys music, outdoor activities, and spending time with his family.
Tim Snyder, CLF® - Senior Managing Director
When I joined Principal in 2013 my goal and passion was to bring together and nurture a team of leaders and high performers. We should talk if you are entrepreneurial and looking for an opportunity to chart your own course and build your own business. My wife, Rebecca, and I have 4 young children which means my evenings and weekends are a whirlwind of activity which I wouldn't change for anything.
Jeff Platter - Managing Director of Lincoln
Jeff is responsible for actively recruiting, training, and developing financial professionals. He joined Principal in 2015, after 17 years in banking.
Jeff is a proud alumni of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) and the Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA), and an avid follower of all his kids’ activities.
Becky Helle - Assistant Director Field Operations
Becky has been with Principal since 1992. She leads the overall operational strategy and activities for her region that includes offices in Nebraska, California, and Oregon. Within her role she creates process improvements to meet important business needs. Becky's passion is helping Financial Professionals be successful by leading her team to provide extraordinary experiences to them and their clients.
Amanda Shaw - Business Development Consulant
Amanda has been in the financial services industry since 1998. Her experiences with Principal spans from starting in a private staff role to her current position working with the entire business center. This unique perspective gives Amanda the opportunity to engage with our Financial Professionals and their teams to help grow their business through practice management, technology, branding, and marketing.
New Business Consulants
The New Business Consultant role is a team approach, where each is responsible for consultation and management of all aspects of new business case design and submission. The team approach allows a consistent opportunity to partner with Financial Professionals and their teams along with our home office product partners to ensure cases are submitted accurately so they can be processed on time, in alignment with product area processes. This team is comprised of:
Lori Lowe - New Business Consulant
Lori has been with Principal since 2009.
Lisa Wise - New Business Consulant
Lisa has been with Principal since 1977.
Beth Gilbert - New Business Consulant
Beth has been with Principal since 2019.
Maykala Kelley - Site Coordinator
Makayla has been with Principal since 2015. She focuses her day to day activity around assisting our financial professionals in a wide range of administrative functions. She is an on-site building coordinator responsible for managing equipment and supplies for our Omaha location. She also assists with local administrative tasks, facilities maintenance, and office management duties.
Kristen Martin - Candidate Experience Consultant
Kristen specializes in providing a positive candidate experience and delivering quality recruiting support. Kristen graduated Colorado State University and moved her family to Boise, Idaho in 2016. Kristen enjoys motherhood, photography, sports, and traveling the world.
Brittany Bral - Candidate Launch Consultant
Brittany has been with Principal since 2015. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Public Relations and Marketing. In her role, she specializes in providing a smooth and positive experience to new or transitioning Financial Professionals as they work together to set up initial marketing materials. Brittany works with several Business Centers across the US, ranging from the Midwest to the West Coast.
Tonya Mathison - Regional Director of Field Supervision
Tonya has been in the financial services industry for close to three decades and has had the opportunity to experience a lot of challenging, fun, and diverse roles. Today, as Regional Director-Field Supervision, her role and commitment are to empower Financial Professionals and field leaders to grow their practice in a compliant manner. Tonya's territory is most of the western half of the United States and she works from the Omaha office.
Steve Lowe - Director of Field Supervision
Steve has spent his entire career in the insurance, risk management, and financial services industry. In his role as Director of Field Supervision he helps our Financial Professionals run their practices in a compliant manner. He is always available to answer questions, provide training, and general feedback on a wide variety of topics to all of our region's professionals and their team members.
Lisa Rinehart, CLF® - Regional Talent & Aquisition Consultant
Lisa joined Principal in 2008 sourcing Registered Financial Professionals and Leaders for the Mid-West, Northwest, and Western United States. As one who believes in the values Principal upholds, along with the support and development we provide our teams, she enjoys sourcing talent to compliment Principal's culture of inclusion and client centric solutions.
Lisa has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry starting in 1996 managing Credit Union relationships on the West Coast.
Interested in meeting with a financial professional near you? Great! Check out the list below to see who's available in your area and learn more.
18205 Capitol Avenue, Suite 300
Omaha, NE 68022
402-492-8899 or 800-457-3534
Directions to this Omaha office
14217 Dayton Circle, Suite 3
Omaha, NE 68137
402-932-7233 or 866-666-7994
Directions to this Omaha office
309 N Main St.
Ainsworth, NE 69210
Directions to the Ainsworth office
203 West Arnold Avenue
Arnold, NE 69120
Directions to the Arnold office
1102 13th St.
Aurora, NE 68818
Directions to the Aurora office
1508 JF Kennedy Drive, Suite 201
Bellevue, NE 68005
Directions to the Bellevue office
Grand Island offices
3311 W. Stolley Park Road
Grand Island, NE 68801
Directions to this Grand Island office
115 E. South Front St., Suite 4
Grand Island, NE 68801
Directions to this Grand Island office
2727 West Second Street
Hastings, NE 68901
Directions to the Hastings office
415 East Avenue
Holdrege, NE 68949
Directions to the Holdrege office
2620 2nd Avenue, #2
Kearney, NE 68847
Directions to the Kearney office
770 North Cotner Boulevard, Suite 100
Lincoln, NE 68505
402-434-5920 or 800-443-2351
Directions to this Lincoln office
1128 Lincoln Mall, Suite 200
Lincoln, NE 68508
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128 East 4th Street
Minden, NE 68959
Directions to the Minden office
North Platte office
319 East B Street
North Platte, NE 69101
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Scottsbluff, NE 69361
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344 Main St, Suite 100
Seward, NE 68434
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The financial professionals of the Great Plains Business Center are licensed in AL, AK, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IA, KS, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI and WY to offer insurance products, life insurance (including variable life), annuities (including variable annuities), securities and investment advice.
This site is not a solicitation of interest in any of these products in any other state.
Insurance products from the Principal Financial Group® are issued by Principal National Life Insurance Co. (except in NY) and Principal Life Insurance Co. Securities and advisory products offered through Principal Securities, Inc., 800-247-1737, member SIPC. Principal National, Principal Life, and Principal Securities are members of the Principal Financial Group, Des Moines, IA 50392.
* Non-securities registered; insurance licensed financial professional
Important Consumer Information: The Great Plains Business Center Financial Professionals of Principal Securities may only transact business in a particular state after licensure or satisfying qualifications requirements of that state, or only if he or she is excluded or exempted from the state's registration requirements. Follow-up, individualized responses to consumers in a particular state by any of the Financial Professionals of Principal Securities that involve either the effecting or attempting to effect transactions in securities or the rendering of personalized investment advice for compensation, as the case may be, shall not be made without first complying with the state's requirements, or pursuant to an applicable state exemption or exclusion. For information concerning the licensure status or disciplinary history of a broker-dealer, investment adviser, BD agent or IA representative or any financial institution he or she represents, contact your state securities law administrator.
The Financial Professionals of Principal Securities are licensed in a number of states to offer insurance products, and life insurance (including variable life), annuities (including variable annuities), and are securities and advisory registered in a number of states This site is not a solicitation of interest in any of these products in any other state.
Principal Life maintains certificates of authority to transact insurance in all 50 states. Principal Life NAIC identification number is 61271. Principal National NAIC identification number 71161.